Sally Lindsay

Sally Lindsay
Sally Lindsay (born 21 May 1973 in Stockport, Cheshire) is an English actress best known for playing the role of Shelly Unwin in the long-running ITV1 Soap opera Coronation Street. Lindsay's first television appearance was aged 7 when her school choir, the St Winifred's School Choir, released There's No One Quite Like Grandma, the British Christmas number one single of 1980.

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Sally Lindsay (born 21 May 1973 in Stockport, Cheshire) is an English actress best known for playing the role of Shelly Unwin in the long-running ITV1 Soap opera Coronation Street.

Lindsay's first television appearance was aged 7 when her school choir, the St Winifred's School Choir, released There's No One Quite Like Grandma, the British Christmas number one single of 1980. The song knocked John Lennon off the top spot. In the aftermath of Lennon's death, his songs were re-released, these included 'Imagine', which knocked St Winifred's off the top spot.

Before becoming an actress, Lindsay studied English at the University of Hull and had aspirations of becoming a journalist. However, she was cast in a play and enjoyed the experience, and then studied at North Cheshire Theatre School before dabbling with stand up comedy. When she was 24, she met and became friends with comedian Peter Kay. Subsequently, Lindsay and Kay appeared together in Phoenix Nights and the video for the Comic Relief single, Is This the Way to Amarillo.

After winning the "Best Actress" category in the Inside Soaps 2005 Awards, Lindsay implied in a radio interview on Mark Radcliffe's BBC Radio 2 show, where she was a regular guest, that she would be leaving the soap at the end of her contract (before the end of the year) to pursue some comedy projects. Lindsay subsequently announced that she would leave the role in 2006 after playing Shelley for five years. She returned for several episodes in late September/early October 2006 and is known to be keen to do more Coronation Street episodes at a later date.

Since leaving Coronation Street Lindsay has concentrated on work in the theatre. In 2006, she played Marilyn Monroe in the musical Ella, meet Marilyn by Bonnie Greer opposite Rain Pryor at the Pleasance Ace Dome in Edinburgh, and appeared in The Ho-Ho Club at the King's Head Theatre, Islington, London. In Summer 2007, she played Beatrice in an acclaimed open air run of Much Ado About Nothing at the Stafford Castle. For a period, Lindsay also appeared as a regular guest and contributor to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC Radio 2 and she has recently launched a DVD Sally Lindsay's Party Pub Quiz, shot a role in a comedy pilot Till I die for the ITV network, starred in a radio comedy for Radio 4 Pick-Ups with John Thomson and appears in Sketch show Scallywagga on BBC Three. Lindsay voiced the character of Piella Bakewell in the 2008 Wallace and Gromit film A Matter of Loaf and Death for the BBC after being personally handpicked for the role by Nick Park. She played Helen in Shelagh Delaney's acclaimed drama A Taste of Honey in November and December 2008 at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. On New Year's Eve December 2008 Sally won Celebrity Mastermind with the specialist subject of Carry On Films. She scored an excellent 18 points in the first round and ended with a total score of 27 points following a credible performance in the general knowledge. The other contestants were Mel Smith, Mick Hucknall and Summer Strallen.

In 2003, Lindsay bought the cottage she had dreamt of living in when she was a child, where her parents Barbara and Tony had run the nightclub next door. She commutes between the North West and London, where her boyfriend Steve White, Paul Weller's drummer, is based. Lindsay is a supporter of Manchester City Football Club and a big fan of Bon Jovi.

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